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Welding - Pipe Welding (480508)

Certificate: Certificate in Applied Science, CAS


This program is designed to train individuals with welding skills and experience in the practices and processes of pipe welding and pipe fitting. Students will build mastery by using ARC welding on steel pipe and TIG welding on steel and stainless steel pipe. Additional topics include pipe fitting skills and processes such as print reading, piping calculations, material takeoffs, material cutting processes, pipe beveling, and layout practices.

• Successful completion of one-year welding diploma program
• Successful passing of an open butt “V” groove weld test on 3/8” carbon steel plate in the vertical and overhead position – TIG the root and hot pass and SMAW with E7018 fill and cap and 4 or greater on Work Keys Math, 3 or greater on Work Keys Reading for Information, and a 3 or better on Work Keys Locating Information.

In the Real World

Pipe welders join and repair many different piping assemblies to specified standards. Pipe welders use a variety of tools including some specialized equipment to do their job. They work both indoors and outdoors, depending on where they are needed. Most pipe welders must have a broad knowledge of the mechanical industry to operate machinery and construct a safe piping system.

Career Placement

At FDTC, we believe that education deserves results - that’s why we want to watch our students succeed in the real world. Florence-Darlington Technical College works diligently to match students with relevant jobs in our community so that they can put their hard-earned education to work. We partner with successful alumni and local businesses to ensure our students get the best possible career upon graduation. Our Career Services Office offers a variety of services to help students succeed including: resume coaching, on-campus recruiting & career fairs, online job postings, professional development workshops, personality evaluations, internship placement assistance, and other online career building resources. We encourage all students to schedule a meeting with a Career Services Coach at (843) 661-8075 to explore their post-graduation opportunities. Find out about what Career Services can do for you. What does your future look like?

Learning Goals/Objectives

Graduates will:
• Apply industry standard safety practices and specific safety requirements for different welding operations.
• Calculate necessary measurements to plan for welding sequences.
• Interpret welding symbols, read and interpret blueprints and sketches.
• Demonstrate setup and operation of welding machines such as SMAW, GTAW, OFW, GMAW, FCAW.

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